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Poster: Capt. Cook Date: Sep 23, 2010 5:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: BEST OF 1981!

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1981-07-07.sbd.miller.109850.flac16

This stop along an already impressive Midwest Summer 1981 tour is filled with seldom played tunes and odd placements. The band is in peak 1981 form, which means Jerry is alert and singing with passion, Brent has settled into a fine B3 sound, Phil has his stack of Heinekens, and Bobby has yet to find Bob Star, which is a great thing in itself! The sound is solid 1981 SBD - with a mix here heavy on the vocals, and slightly oversaturated on the levels.
Excellent performances by Jerry on To Lay Me Down and Supplication.

The first set with the MInglewood>Bertha> Dancin' opener, a great To Lay Me Down, and a seldom played 1981 Lazy Lightning>Supplication is perhaps the best of the year! The odd Candyman in the second set gives way to a jazzy spirited Estmated>Eyes which just burns with energy. The band was really playing together well this summer, as a unit, a precision which they seemed to lose, then find, then lose, etc....


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Poster: stratocaster Date: Sep 23, 2010 6:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: BEST OF 1981!

enjoyable show...back in the day,only the first set sbd was available...this show is comparable to the 07-04 and 07-05 shows, a few nuggets, some throw-aways and overall fun shows, but nothing too earth shattering...

I would also recommend 03-21-1981, 03-28-1981, 05-01-1981, 05-06-1981, 05-16-1981, 08-12-1981, 10-16-1981, 10-19-1981, 12-03-1981, 12-05-1981, 12-26-1981, 12-27-1981, 12-30-1981 ad 12-31-1981 as the better shows from 1981...

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Sep 23, 2010 6:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: BEST OF 1981!

And 9/11, 9/12, 9/26, and 12/9.

Of course, saying "and" implies I've actually heard all the other shows on Strat's list and agree. Which I can't, because I haven't. Dang, that's a long list, Strat!

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Poster: billydlions Date: Sep 23, 2010 7:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: BEST OF 1981!

Please do listen to 3-9-81 if you haven't. That gets my vote as best show of the year.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Sep 23, 2010 7:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: BEST OF 1981!

Thanks for the tip. Will put it on my GD To Do List. Which somehow keeps growing ... Can't imagine how ...

Some others I really like (already on Strat's list) are 5/6, 5/16, 10/16 (Milk Weg) and 10/19 (Barcelona). Must listen to some of those others when I've got a spare year :-)

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Sep 23, 2010 7:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: BEST OF 1981!

The Barcelona SBD's are awful . I can't listen to them with my sensitive ears . I asked HS for a matrix but no dice . I really want to listen to that 2nd set .

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Poster: billydlions Date: Sep 23, 2010 7:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: BEST OF 1981!

Phil is mia (true for the whole Europe tour)and Jerry is low in the mix for the first two songs but it is a pretty clear board and Jerry is crystal clear for the rest of the show. I've always liked the sound although I'd be the first to buy a Europe 1981 road trips (10-12 and 10-19).

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Sep 23, 2010 8:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: BEST OF 1981!

My impression was that Phil actually wasn't as MIA on this as he often is in the early 80s. That's the biggest downside to early 80s for me.

That and I don't like Brent's ... what's it called? Not the B3, which I like, but the Toys R Us thing. (I'm sure someone here can educate me. I'm not at all good on the different instruments.)

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Poster: snori Date: Sep 24, 2010 12:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: BEST OF 1981!

You'd have to climb over me, Billy. Especially if the Melkweg show was involved as well.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Sep 23, 2010 8:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: BEST OF 1981!

See, that's the advantage of having ignorant ears :-) I'll have to listen to it again and try to figure out what you mean. I really am not knowledgeable about sound quality, except in the vague, "that sounded good, that was fuzzy" kinda way.

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Sep 23, 2010 8:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: BEST OF 1981!

yes, add 09/12 such a downer that the source is so brittle sounding...03/09 and 12/09 also deserved menton...08-27 has that great shakedown...1981 is pretty consistent playing that ranges from average/ slightly dull to energetic and rocking

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Sep 23, 2010 8:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: BEST ACOUSTIC OF 1981!

Surprised no one has mentioned any of the acoustic sets performed in 1981. Perhaps not as tight as those of 1980, however still quite compelling nonetheless. In spite of Phil not being present.

The 5/22 SEVA benefit might be the best of these. Unfortunately it's not a great audience recording, the crowd sounding too loud. Still, it's quite enjoyable. The nine minute peformance of To Lay Me Down is simply stunning, and Cassidy is nicely jammed...

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1981-05-22.nak300.walker.scotton.miller.95938.sbeok.flac16

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Sep 24, 2010 7:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: BEST ACOUSTIC OF 1981!

Why Phil was not present for this show..."They didn't ask me" Seriously.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Sep 24, 2010 9:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: BEST ACOUSTIC OF 1981!

We discussed Phil's absence not that long ago. I still think it's absurd to think that he was not asked if he wanted to participate at these benefits. There has to be another reason...

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Sep 24, 2010 9:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: BEST ACOUSTIC OF 1981!

agree. looking forward to hearing the To Lay me down.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Sep 23, 2010 9:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: BEST ACOUSTIC OF 1981!

SEVA or No Nukes? One of the comments in the reviews says the SEVA was April and this was the No Nukes.

Apparently Holly Near played this benefit, too. The Holly Near fans I knew generally didn't care for the Dead, so that kind of gives me an interesting image of the crowd.

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Sep 23, 2010 9:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: BEST OF 1981!

Don't forget the New Years monster 12/31/81. Also 12/9, 7/14 and 7/5 deserve mention as well.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Sep 23, 2010 9:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: BEST OF 1981!

Oh, whoops, yes! (On 12/31. Don't think I've heard the others.) And now we have three votes for 12/9 :-)

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Sep 24, 2010 4:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: BEST OF 1981!

The funny thing about coming in on a thread like this at this point, is I might as well just make a note "Listen to all of 1981 starting in January" 'cus that's what it amounts to after 4 or 5 people have listed their favorites.

Maybe we could simplify some of these threads by just listing any shows that *aren't* any good?
- not you, Cliff :)